JAKARTA, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo has instructed his administration to increase the country's corn production amid rising global food prices and to develop new corn fields in the eastern region, a senior minister said on Monday.
The new corn farming projects will be set up in Papua, West Papua, East Nusa Tenggara and Maluku provinces, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said at a virtual press conference.
"The total area will reach 141,000 hectares, with an additional 86,000 hectares," he said.
Hartarto added that the increase in corn production will have to be adjusted according to both domestic and global demands.
He emphasized that it is important to increase the average production per hectare from 5 tons to between 10 and 13 tons.
So far, Indonesia's maize production has reached more than 18 million tons, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said, adding that the national demand is about 14.7 million tons.